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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise formerly had a reputation as King of the Thursday night top class and the Kevin MacLean trainee is looking for his throne back this Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Gilles Barrieau will control the lines of the post 4 starter Forever Paradise in the race 11 $2,200 feature for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The leading percentage driver in North America with over 100 starts, Barrieau has a good chance to keep his masterful average afloat with Forever Paradise, who has quite a record of his own with six wins, three seconds and a third from 12 seasonal starts. A Fresh challenger has the rail in the Thursday feature in the form of Kendal Gucci. The six-year-old Life Sign mare has Doug Folkins Jr. in the bike for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. Moase has been racing his stable in Ontario since the winter meet concluded in Charlottetown in February. Other entries include The Big Bite (Mike Stevenson), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Jrs Hurricane (Corey MacPherson), Likely To Win (Marc Campbell) and Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes). The back-up pace lines up in race 12 with a pair of tough claimers going to battle once again this week. Sinners In Heaven (Gary Chappell) has the rail fresh off a 1:56.2 victory while Lyndale Royal (Campbell) will leave from post 3 after scoring wins in his last two starts. Both Island bred pacers compete for a price tag of $7,200 in the eight-horse field. A group of eight pacing mares will look to hook bridles in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Not Listed Open for a purse of $1,850. Rose Valley is favoured off the rail for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Mike Campbell and owners Dawn and Theodore Bremnew of Jemseg, N.B. The five-year-old mare will compete against the likes of Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) from post 2 and track record holder Whitesand Artist (Neil Bambrick) from post 6. The Island trot ranks will meet in races 3 and 5 as Kims Pjs is the favourite in race 3 for a $1,350 purse for trainer-driver Lenny Myers. Race 5 has Caliban Hanover dropping out of Open competition to be installed as the morning line choice from post 4 in the $1,550 affair for trainer-driver Ron Gass. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

The Atlantic Sires Stakes colts and geldings dominated  the harness racing meeting at Truro Raceway on Saturday evening, as five divisions of the three-year-old pacing colts were highlighted on the evening race card. R Es Aiden and driver Rodney Gillis captured their $6960 'A' division event in 2:00.4. The ownership papers on the bay pacing gelding are held by Donald Francis Beaton and Damian MacInnis of Port Hood, NS and Adam Pond of Fort McMurray, AB. The second 'A' division event of the evening went to Proven Desire and Marc Campbell in 1:56.3 for owners Blair Hansen and Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown, PE and John Thomas of Dartmouth, NS. Dixieland Band continued his winning ways in the final 'A' division event on the race card, under the command of Gilles Barrieau. This is the third straight Atlantic Sires Stakes win for the three-year-old gelding owned by Reginald MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. There were also two $2500 'B' division events on the race card with the first going to Gotta Move and driver Paul Langille for owner Debbie Denney of Mount Uniacke, NS. Eliminator and Gilles Barrieau won the other 'B' division for Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach, PE. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action takes a short reprieve until Sunday, August 2, when the three-year-old pacing fillies meet for action at Inverness Raceway. Lynne MacLennan

There were stakes galore at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening, as six divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts were featured on the Atlantic Grand Circuit Week race card. K D Overdrive (Camystic) captured his $6680 'A' division event in 2:00.3 with Gilles Barrieau in the bike. The black pacing colt is owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. The Barrieau - Downey Stables combination also met with success in the second 'A' division event on the evening card, when Jackson K Down (Camystic) crossed the finish line first in 2:01. Meanwhile Red Dirt Racer (Camshaft Hanover) and Todd Trites took first place honours in their event in 2:01. The ownership papers on the colt are held by Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, PE and Clive Balderston of Moncton, NB. The final 'A' division went to Lukes Cowboy (Brandons Cowboy) and Kenny Arsenault in 2:00.4 for owners Philip Valley of Vernon Bridge, PE and Jeffery Ruch of Innisfil, ON. The two $2500 'B' division events went to Elm Grove Kaptain (Coastocoast Yankee) and driver Gilles Barrieau and Island Bobby and Danny Romo. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action continues at Truro Raceway on Saturday evening when the three-year-old pacing colts meet for competition. First race post time is 7 pm. Lynne MacLennan

Cambest Kisser used rail control on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside to kiss his five opponents goodnight in the Race 11 feature. The eight-year-old Cambest gelding was blasted off the wings by trainer, driver Jason Hughes laying down all the numbers (28.2, 58.1, 1:28) and held on by a quarter of a length for a 1:57.1 score. Donald and Steven Mac Rae of Vernon Bridge share the ownership on the winner of 29 races lifetime. Machinthesand was a closing second while Oh To Be Me was third. The win gave 'The Blue Knight' a driving and training on the card, he kicked off the card with the two-year-old Mister Big colt Howmacsliberty. A very impressive two-year-old winner in race 5 was the son of Shadow Play, Instant Shadow, pacing to a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3. Owned by the Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, the Sifroi Melanson trainee gave leading driver Gilles Barrieau his first of two victories on the night. Kenny Murphy also enjoyed a driving double on the card, scoring with Jays Little Spark and Tammysmist. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday, Post time is 7 p.m. Bo Ford  

Atlantic Sires Stakes two year old pacing colts met for the first time this season at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday night at Red Shores Summerside Raceway, as part of the Governor's Plate Week of harness racing action. Jackson K Down took the first $7720 'A' division event with Gilles Barrieau in the bike. The two-year-old pacing colt, by Camystic - Village Jericho, is owned by Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. Lukes Cowboy and driver Kenny Arsenault and PH Blackjack and Todd Trites came home second and third respectively. The second 'A' division event on the evening card went to Heart and Soul and driver Clare MacDonald. The ownership papers on the colt are held by Earith and George Riley of Kensington, PE. K D Overdrive and Gilles Barrieau finished second and Woodmere Terror and Marc Campbell were third. Elm Grove Kaboom and driver Marc Campbell took first place honours in their division crossing the finish line first for owners Kenneth Wilkie of Montague, PE and Larry Chappell of Marshfield, PE. Pro Side under the command of Bernard McCallum placed second and Dare You and Danny Romo finished third. Despite heavy rain during the race card all Sakes events were able to take place and the final 'A' event went to Up And Gone, driver Mike Stevenson and owner Robert Wilson of Woodstock, NB. Magical Cowboy finished second and Dilans Mustang third. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action continues Thursday night at Red Shores Summerside Raceway when the three-year-old pacing fillies meet. First race post time is 7 pm. Lynne MacLennan

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He has been undefeated on Prince Edward Island in 2015 and Thursday night he is going to try and keep it that way at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card with Forever Paradise looking for redemption in the race 11 feature. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a second place finisher in last week's $3,500 Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton, N.B., but was a winner in both his Charlottetown starts so far this season. Gilles Barrieau will be in the bike in Thursday's $2,250 feature, drawing post 1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Race analyst Les MacIsaac pegs Forever Paradise in the win column. "He offers a not-worse-than-second record since coming off the bench four starts ago and gets the rail which will allow Gilles to work out the trip of his choice," MacIsaac said. "Top billing." Though he is heralded as the one to beat, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise will not race uncontested as Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2 and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) has post 5. Other entries include Dusty Lane Oliver (Ron Gass), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell), Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes), and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton). Sinners In Heaven rides his two-race win streak into the race 9 $1,700 back-up pace with Terry Gallant in the bike for trainer Earls Watts and owners Lana Murphy and River Valley Management of New Brunswick and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. His main morning line opponents are PC Shockwave (Wade Sorrie) and Whosurwinner (Hughes). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,350 purse. Former Maritime Champion Phanton Beau is the initial favorite from post 2 for driver Arsenault, trainer John Pineau and owners Peter Breau and Ann MacAulay of Moncton. Phantom Beau will have lots of company in the eight-horse field, as he will face off with a trio of rivals owned by the Andrew family. Post 3 has Presto Pegasus (MacDonald) for owners Bill and Rachel Andrew of Calgary, while post 6 has Money Show (Brian Andrew) owned by Brian Andrew of Milton, Blake Andrew of Montreal and Bill Andrew. Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley) completes the uncoupled entry from post 7 for the ownership group of Blake and Brian Andrew. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

 D GS Camme looks ready for harness racing prime time. The harness racing pacer, who was making only his third start of 2015, wired the top class in a dazzling 1:54.4 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.   Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and ownership group of Tom Clark, Quentin, Hal Bevan and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. It was an impressive performance given he raced with broken equipment after the tire blew on the race bike. Big Surf (Marc Campbell) applied some pressure down the backstretch on route to the third panel but he settled for second while Si Semalu (Jason Hughes) was third. Expect to see this line up go head to head in Governor's Plate elimination action in Summerside next Sunday. In other action, Ramblinglily is three for three in 2015 when she won the open mares feature in 1:56.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. For All We Know (Gary Chappell) was second with Willow Warrior (Mark Bradley) third. Osprey Impact (Paul Larrabee) recorded another victory in her trot assignment while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) took top honors in the open trot in 2:00.1. Barrieau had a driving double on the 12 dash card. The wager was $48,860. Lee Drake

Will it be the "Camme" before the storm or could it be "Surf's Up" at Red Shores on Saturday night. A harness racing rivalry in the making begins in the Saturday night Preferred 1 pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate side by side. The 2015 Cecil Ladner Memorial winner Big Surf has drawn post 2 for the Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I by storm winning three of his four starts this year, including two clockings in 1:53 and change. Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken. The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 on Saturday night fresh off a 1:54 victory just one week ago, the defending Governor's Plate Champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is trained by Charlottetown's best Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the "Maritime Magicman" Gilles Barrieau from post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five. Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 Open Mares. 'Lily' has drawn into post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, Jones does the training and Walter Cheverie will do the driving. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior. The Open Trot goes in Race 3 with the Queen of the Trot Pleasure Girls absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner this week. Three-entry Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil and after back-to-back second place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winners enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. Machinthesand searches for three-peat Five pacers will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate in the Race 10 feature on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The morning line choice will be Machinthesand as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he scores from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings LTD, Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers. The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire. Machinthesand winning on the 28th June The Race 11 'Go Home Pace' will see the veteran 10-year-old gelding Life Savior put his three race win streak on the line as he makes the jump from the $4000 claimer into the $5000 ranks. Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane the winner of 55 races lifetime has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1, he will get the services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driver Corey MacPherson. The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post. Don't miss a second of the action with the live racing broadcast at redshores.ca By Bo Ford

Dixieland Band clocked the fastest mile of the day at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon, crossing the finishing in 1:57.1 and capturing first place in one of two Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division events. The three-year-old American Gigolo colt was under the command of driver Gilles Barrieau, earning the winner's share of the $9380 purse for owners Reginald MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. Bngs Express (American Gigolo) took first place honours in the other 'A' division event in 1:59 with Danny Romo in the bike for owners Thomas Hawco and George Della Valle of Sydney, NS. Meanwhile Hog Aufray (Driven To Win) and driver Marc Campbell won the first of two $2500 'B' division events for owners Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, PE and Claude Poirier of Havre-Aux-Maisons, QC. The three-year-old Western Paradise colt George and driver Clare MacDonald crossed the finish line first for owners Riley Farms and Earith Riley of Kensington, PE in the other 'B' division event. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards earning a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving Weekend. Lynne MacLennan

Charlottetown, PE - D GS Camme, last year's Governor's Plate and Premier's Pace champion, won the Saturday night feature harness racing event in 1:54 flat at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and the ownership group of Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson, Charlottetown, PE. Barrieau sent the favorite to the point from post five and laid down stiff fractions of 27, 56.1, 1:25.3 before cruising home in 28.2 seconds to notch his first victory of 2015 in only his second start of the campaign. All Turain, who was on the move early in the mile, was second for Corey MacPherson while Cabo Pan Lucas (Vince Poulton) was third. MacPherson had a big night at the track with four winners on the card. The young pilot is off to an impressive start this year as he teams up with D&D Lawncare & Landscaping to raise money for PEI Human Society in the annual Drive for Charity promotion. MacPherson's victories came aboard Mob Rule for trainer Danny MacDonald, Pleasure Girls in the open trot for owner Shelley Gass, Cornwall followed by Torpedo Seelster to give Ron Gass a training double. The grand-slam came with Roscoes Child owned by the Selkirk Stable of Belfast, PE. Raymond White is the trainer. In other action, Osprey Impact won her trot assignment for driver Paul Larrabee while Ramblinglily recovered after an early mis-cue to record back to back winning performances for Walter Cheverie. The time of the mile was 1:56.2. Marc Campbell had a driving double on the 13 dash program. The wager was $47,433. Gold Cup Grandstand Seat Information Grandstand seats for the 2015 Gold Cup & Sauce at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will go on sale Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. (AST). The price is $55 per seat (tax included). Customers can purchase them in person at the Red Shores’ race office or by phone at 902-629-6636. The 56th edition of the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer will take place on Saturday August 22, 2015. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE – Drivers Ron Matheson and Gilles Barrieau tied at the top of the standings and were crowned co-winners of the 2014 Driver’s Championship presented by PEISHOA Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau got the ball rolling with Woodmere No Fool for trainer-owner Garth Cole of Kensington in the opening leg and continued to stay near the top of the board throughout the eight race competition on the strength of three second place finishes and a third. Matheson was consistently picking up points on the day and started to climb up the leader board with back to back second place scores and then nailed the closing leg aboard Van Zant for his co-owner Tom Clark of Charlottetown. The victory gave Matheson 10 more points while Barrieau placed 7th giving him only 4 points in the closer leaving them tied at 62. The PEISHOA had a special ceremony when they retired the EF Acorn memorial trophy and dedicated a new trophy to the top drivers of the annual championship in honor of the late Paul MacDonald. MacDonald won the top driver award on several occasions throughout his career and held the record for most wins in a single season for 24 years. Members of the MacDonald family were trackside for the Barrieau and Matheson presentation. Marc Campbell put in a great effort posting four winners in the contest but was unable to capitalize after suffering a few disappointing finishes. The former driving champ tied in the runner up spot with Corey MacPherson with 55 points. MacPherson rallied with a couple of seconds and thirds to stay in the hunt. Campbell and MacPherson were presented with the hardware by the Hon. Ron MacKinley, minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development. The other participants included Jason Hughes (50), Mark Bradley (48), Terry Gallant (43), Vince Poulton (41). Bradley was placed into the championship after a miscalculation by the PEISHOA.  Bradley was content to sit on the sidelines but Gary Chappell, who was originally scheduled to race, insisted Bradley be able to compete. In other action, Howmacs Missy gave Campbell five on the program when they crossed the wire first in the afternoon finale. The filly is owned by Howmac Farms, North Wiltshire and Wade Peconi, Stanchel. Earl Watts is the trainer. Honeymoonisover (Bradley) and JK Queen (Walter Cheverie) won their trot assignments. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horse Owner’s Association presents their annual driver’s challenge Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The competition takes place in races 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12 on the 13-dash card with a 1 pm first race post time for the Horseperson’s Day card. The eight races will pit top dash winning drivers Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes, Gilles Barrieau and Corey MacPherson against top percentage drivers with over 75 starts Ron Matheson and Mark Bradley and top percentage drivers with 40 to 75 starts Terry Gallant and Vincent Poulton. Competitors are based on statistics from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 in Charlottetown and all competing drivers must be association members. Barrieau captured the E.F. Acorn trophy for having the most points and winning the 2013 edition. The top pace on the card is in race 12 for a $1,600 purse in the final race of the driving championship. Cambest Kisser is the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The class-dropper will face top competitors Van Zant (Ron Matheson), Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson) and Blue Meadow Willie (Vincent Poulton). The top trot class on the card is in race 8 with the Emmett and Albert Bernard Memorial for a $1,350 purse. Osprey Strike will look for a repeat of last week’s victory in this class for owner-trainer-driver Paul Larabee of Belle River. The six-year-old son of Striking Sahbra will line up in post 6 against tough trotters Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Oceanview Kate (Hughes). Race 2 has the Alphonse Pineau Memorial for $1,150 with Dunmore Chance the favorite from post 3 for driver Jack Panting and owner-trainer Ralph Annear of Montague. The Black River three-year-old was a winner last start in this class but must face class dropping Open trotter Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) with post 1. Horse Person’s Day also features second chance draws with uncashed pari-mutuel tickets being converted to ballots for Red Shores vouchers, turkeys and merchandise. Top trotters go Sunday at Charlottetown The top trotters on the East Coast will do battle in race 4 on the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores Charlottetown. The first race gets underway at 1 pm on the 14-dash card. Open trot champion Zip The Lip is absent in this week’s $1,850 trot class leaving the door open for last week’s runn-up, Caliban Hanover, to pick up the pieces for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The six-horse-field also includes Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), Saulsbrook Balance (Willie Murphy), Warawee Nuke (Kuri White), Diamond Mine (MacPherson) and Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd). Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in Saulsbrook Balance to land in the CDP winner’s circle. “This classy veteran has a good chance at securing the lead and we all know how tough he can be when that's the case,” MacIsaac said of Saulsbrook Balance. “If Willie Murphy gets him there, and can steal a fraction, it could be all over.” Race 7 has the Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,250 pot with heavy favorite For All We Know assigned post 6 in the field of half a dozen. Chappell will drive the hulking mare for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The field also includes Bunny Mach (Hughes), A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Fleurje (Brian MacPhee) and JK Special (Walter Cheverie). A field of nine tough overnight pacers lines up in race 13 for a $2,100 purse and Carnivore installed as the early favorite from post 1 for driver Arsenault, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington. The eight-year-old son of Real Desire was a winner last week at the same level and faces top entries Narragansett (Hughes), The Big Bite (Thane Arsenault) and Rash B Havior (Cheverie) this time around. The field also includes Oh To Be Me (Chappell), Forever Paradise (Campbell), Shock The Rock (MacPherson), Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) and Mcjestic (Mike McGuigan). Follow all the action online at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oaks, for Red Shores

New Brunswick's harness driver Gilles Barrieau, who leads the nation in driving percentage once again this week with a .408 driving average, takes part in a driver's competition this Saturday at Red Shores in Charlottetown, P.E.I.   Barrieau will be among the leading drivers from this season in the driving challenge. He will also be seeking his 100th driving win of the season as he goes into Saturday afternoon with ninety-seven wins.   He has over 3,900 career winners, $ 7.2-million in career earnings, and has won awards at a national level including the prestigious O'Brien award of horsemanship.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Charlottetown, PE – The third annual Drive for Charity was made official on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Drivers and their business partners teamed up to raise money for local charities. Here are the official totals: Driver, Business, Charity and Money Raised Mike Stevenson – Clarke Nissan – Oak Acres Children’s Camp - $1,050 Corey MacPherson – D&D Lawn Care & Landscaping – PEI Humane Society - $1,000 Jason Hughes – Daniel R Ross Ltd – Camp Gencheff - $1,500 Mark Bradley – Long Run Exploration – Hillsborough Hospital - $1,000 Marc Campbell – Ocean 100 – Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Award - $1,000 Gilles Barrieau – Metro Building Supplies – PEI Special Olympics - $1,000 Gary Chappell – The Dunne Group – Habitat for Humanity - $1,000 Brodie MacPhee – MacRae’s Backhoe & Trucking – IWK - $1,000 Brian MacPhee – KKP – Easter Seals - $1,000 Ken Murphy – Rodd Hotels & Resorts – Hospice PEI - $800 Kenny Arsenault – Syntrak Print & Graphic Design – Hospice PEI - $1,175 Ron Matheson – MacQuarrie’s Meats – PEI Family Violence Prevention Services - $1,000 Walter Cheverie – Red Shores – Sadie’s Place - $1,625 Total money raised: $14,150 by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

It seems unfair that when a horse reaches mandatory retirement age of fourteen, some still have some racing left in them.   This Saturday afternoon, the owners of Rakland Fine Line will officially retire the pacer from racing competition after a solid racing career in the Maritimes with just a few starts in Ontario.   By Gothic Dream out of the Cam Fella mare Cams Fine Line, he was purchased as a yearling by the Ultimate Stables for just $ 7000. In his career, he has earnings of over $ 104,000 and has recorded seventy-three wins going into his last race.   Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway will be his 374th career start. He has averaged over $ 280.00 per start in his career, mostly in the Maritimes. He took his lifetime mark of 1:56.1 at age six at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Although he remains winless in 2014, he has four seconds into his final race this Saturday. He will enjoy a well deserved retirement after this at Ultimate Acres farm just outside Moncton.   We know it will be a sad day for Dawn Hubbard and Sifroi Melanson but we would like to thank them for this his retirement cooler and celebration of this little horses final race in the place he took his record.   Another interesting note from this Saturday's program at Exhibition Park Raceway is that two horses on the card share a unique story going into the program.   Only two horses in New Brunswick have entered and raced in all cards that have been held in the province in 2014.   One other commonality is that both horses have a huge fan following and loved by their owners.   Those two horses are Skippy and Magical Alex. Both pacers have raced in every race card in the province including starts in Saint John, Fredericton and Woodstock.   Skippy, owned by Harold DeFazio, a dedicated owner with his wife Sandra will make their 24th start in New Brunswick with the handsome son of Camluck. In those starts, he has only missed one cheque all season long.   He has averaged almost $ 225.00 per start this season and his fastest win came at Fredericton Raceway in 1:58 for Mark Haig in 2014. Special mention to caretaker Luke Armstrong who has done a great job looking after the pacer.   Magical Alex has also raced at every opportunity this season for owner Bob MacNeil of Saint John. He is in the same barn as Skippy and also has a huge fan following. MacNeil's children Kate & Alex can be heard every race day cheering the horse on the backstretch.   Purchased in 2008 for a bargain price of $ 1100, the pacer has gone on to win forty-one races going into Saturday's card and lifetime earnings of over $ 44,000. He sports a lifetime speed badge of 1:56.2 taken this past summer during Old Home Week in P.E.I.   Both horses are again entered to go at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John and kudos to the connections of both pacers for their support of racing in New Brunswick and best of luck on Saturday!   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

Fresh off her win on Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend in P.E.I, four-year-old pacing mare Ramblinglily will take on four male rivals in Saturday's top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Winning her last three, wins including a 1:57 win at Red Shores, the mare will have to overcome the outside post-five in Saturday's $ 1500 top-class. She will be looking to surpass $ 20,000 on the year.   Allan Jones will pilot the mare for co-owner Norm Leger. American Island will leave from post-one for Gilles Barrieau with Magical Alex lining up in the number three position.   Rounding out the feature are Wave That Banner and J Rs Hurricane. Post time is set for 2:00 P.M on Saturday with a total of seven races presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

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